Early mags definitely were leakers! I put a set of BWAs on my Tiger back in
1972 and one of them won't hold its air for even a month -- less than that
in this cold CT weather! I think I'm leaning toward a modern 15" wheel this
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ron Fraser" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "'MAURO D'ANGELO'" <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2010 3:29 PM
Subject: Re: [Tigers] Opinions Please: LAT-70 Repro Wheels Better
> I don't have any LAT-70 wheels so I can't speak of their quality but
> I remember seeing MAG wheels in the 60's and 70's that had porosity
> problems. I remember one person who bought a set of MAGS and the first
> thing he had to do was paint the tire side of the wheel so it would hold
> longer. I think the my first words about that was "your kidding me", he
> not. This was a material and process problem.
> I believe some of the problem is associated with the design of the
> wheel's rim for use with today's tubeless radial tires.
> Personally I would buy new LAT-70 from Sunbeam Specialties that meet
> safety regulations; if I were in the market. Safety first and always.
> Ron Fraser
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> Subject: [Tigers] Opinions Please: LAT-70 Repro Wheels Better
> Hi everyone!
> I'm hoping buy a set of original LAT-70 wheels for my '66 Mark 1A
> (B382001355LRXFE) (TAC #709). Since I emailed my interest to listers,
> had several tell me that repro wheels are better, and much safer, than the
> original LAT wheels. One explained to me that I should think hard about
> spending money on originals and this is why a couple of sets of original
> wheels sold for well under $1000 this past summer (no one wanted
> them???)...something about the originals not meeting DOT specs because
> can crack and disintegrate at speed? Can you imagine? Is this just an
> wives tale, or is there really truth to it?
> What are your thoughts about this? I don't really like the idea of having
> new parts on a classic car, and I really prefer original equipment to
> but I guess safety is king. I can't imagine "investing" such money on
> essentially unusable collector items that will end up just taking up space
> on a shelf.
> Thanks for your opinions!
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